The Oran Lady Eagles are the top seed in the three-team girls bracket
GIDEON -- The Class 1 District 1 Tournament is set to start this week. Both boy's and girl's squads will be on display to attempt and make a state title run starting at Gideon High School on Monday.
The Scott County Central Braves (23-2) have received the No. 1 seed in the boy's bracket. Since entering District 1 in the 2003-04 season, the Braves have swept the district tournament. Last year, Scott Central defeated the Oran Eagles, 92-68, to defend their district title for the fourth straight year.
If the seedings stand true, we could potentially see the fourth meeting between the Braves and the No. 2 seed Clarkton Reindeer. Scott Central and Clarkton had met in the finals every year since 2003-04, except for last year.
The Reindeer have struggled lately though, falling to East Prairie on their home floor last week, 78-71 and to Bernie on the road Friday, 101-92.
"Its going to be tough," Scott Central head coach Ronnie Cookson said. "I think the kids are looking forward to it and I hope we can get get around and do some good.
"We got North Pemiscot in the first game, it ought to be a good one."
Scott Central has also spent the majority of the season ranked No. 2 in the Missouri Class 1 State rankings.
The Braves will take their 15-game winning streak to Gideon on Monday to play the opening game of the tournament against North Pemiscot at 4 p.m.
The second game of the night will feature the No. 4 seed Oran Eagles and the No. 5 seed Cooter Wildcats at 5:30 p.m., then Clarkton will go against the No. 7 seed Delta C-7 Chargers at 7 p.m., and rounding out the evening will be the No. 3 seed Gideon Bulldogs taking on the No. 6 seed Risco Tigers at 8:30 p.m. to finish day one. In the girl's bracket, the Oran Lady Eagles have been awarded the No. 1 seed in the tournament.The No. 1 seed assured them a place in the championship game.
"I guess it was just the luck of the draw with only three teams in the district," Oran head coach Adam Friga said. "We worked hard all season and this is it what it comes down to. We've worked hard in practice getting ready for this one game and I think we're ready."
The Lady Eagles (12-12) will play the winner of the No. 2 seed Scott Central Bravettes and the No. 3 seed Risco Lady Tigers in the final round.
Last year, Scott Central defeated the Oran Lady Eagles to win the district championship and then went on to defeat the Delta Lady Bobcats in the sectional round. But, was eliminated from the post-season in their quarterfinals match-up.
The semifinal game between Scott Central and Risco will be held Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. The championship game will be played at 6 p.m. on Thursday.